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    D. binata help

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    I had to bougth a couple of CP's for a botany lesson in school: one of them's totaled (a flytrap), the other one, a Drosera binata, is still hangig on...
    Since I bougth them because I needed them I didn't thougth on what I was gonna do with them, so I need some advice on how to care them, 'cuz for what I've read so far, it ain't precisely easy...
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    It's really small (just 1 inch high), it's on a styrofoam cup, I have been watering it with laboratory-grade distiled water... It's the end of Autum here, so sun is rather scarce with so many clouds... I live in Veracruz, so weather is rather... Crappy... Humidity is low this time of the year, so water evaporates quickly...

    What would you recommend?
    A lamp? Keep it on a terrarium?
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    I think a little more about your conditions will be able to help people guide you in the right direction.

    Temperatures, night and day. Is it on a windowsill? Which way does the window face? Approximate humidity? You mention its in a styrofoam cup but no mention of the actual media it is growing in.

    Until then here is a good read for you:
    http://www.growsundews.com/sundews/D...varieties.html

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    All rigth them... Temperatures: day 14-28 C, humidity ranges from 90% at nigths to 60% during noon...
    As far as I can tell, it is peat moss, doesn't seem to contain vermiculite or perlite... Window faces South, so there's direct sunlight for about 6-8 hours depending on the clouds...
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    I'd get some fresh media and make it looser. 50/50 peat and either sand or perlite is good. Even though the plant is small there may be an issue of the roots being crowded, especially if the media isn't right. Moving it into a bigger pot earlier would be beneficial IMO.

    D. binata are pretty hardy but they do have basic needs.

    How often are you watering? Most dews do just fine using the tray method.
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    Spraying 3 a day 'cuz despite it's not so hot out there, water evaporates anyway... And specially the distiled water... I think tray method would be a waste of water... I'll be finishing semester next week, so I won't have access to the water 'till the beggining of February, I only have about 250 ml as a reservoir, and rain is hard to come by in this time of the year...
    I have peat moss (a very dark one I procured at a pet shop)... I know were to get a pot at least 3 times bigger... Should I try to transplant?
    As for ligth... Should I get artificial ligthing?
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    the soil mix needs to be keep wet ,best way is to have the pot in a tray or larger pot with 2 cm of water in it
    ro water can be bought in most supermarkets in the united states I would guess you can get it in super markets in larger cities in Mexico,
    the soil needs to feel wet when you touch it
    if you can post a picture it would help find the problem

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    250ml of water will get you no where. Your going to have to find another supply of water whether you keep in it the tray method (best) or not.

    Humidity, temperature and light sound fine. I would do as jpappy said and replant in a 50/50 mix or sand/peat or perlite/peat and keep it sitting in 2-3cm of water. Larger pot would probably be beneficial too, 10cm pot would work great.

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    Many of the D. binata go dormant in the winter, dying down to the roots. Warmer temperatures may or may not prevent this. If it goes dormant you want to cut back the watering and just keep the soil damp. Provided all is well growth should resume in the spring.
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